In an epidemic where the dead are no longer just a figure, talking about a victim with a first and last name may be meaningless. However, the death of Jenny Polanco shocks our community, from all sides.
Renowned Dominican fashion designer Jenny Polanco died in her homeland yesterday “from complications of COVID-19,” NBC News reported, according to the country’s public health minister, Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas.
“She was one of at least six people and the first public figure to die from the coronavirus in the Caribbean country,” added NBC.
Polanco is said to have contracted the virus after a recent trip to Spain, the country with the second highest rate of deaths from COVID-19.
According to the newspaper La Opinión, she returned from Madrid on March 4th and the symptoms began to appear five days later. After undergoing a screening test, the results were positive for coronavirus.
Despite being kept in quarantine, on March 18th her health situation became complicated and she had to be transferred to the emergency room.
Born in 1958, the designer studied Interior Design and Plastic Arts at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, and continued her training in pattern-making, tailoring, and artistic draping at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
With a career of over 30 years, her eclectic style set the standard in the industry, both in Latin America and worldwide, always bringing that “perfect blend of Caribbean chic” that became her personal signature in events like Miami Fashion Week.
“Jenny Polanco, one of our beloved designers of 2019, unfortunately has been taken away by this new disease. We are honored to have shared with her one of her most memorable moments,” organizers of the Miami Fashion Week wrote in a Facebook post.
For the past ten years, Polanco had been creating jewelry and accessories inspired by amber, pearls, leather, and semi-precious stones. She also recently decided to support local talent in the Dominican Republic, opening “Project,” a conceptual art and craft store.